A proposal offering cash reparations and other benefits to three women abducted and imprisoned in a Cleveland man’s home for a decade cleared a divided House committee Wednesday with several changes.
The measure, which passed 14-3, would provide the women with annual cash relief payments for each of the years they were restrained but would now subtract other victim assistance awards they might be eligible to receive.
Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to kidnapping the women, then repeatedly raping and beating them. Castro was serving a life sentence when he was found hanged in prison last month. He was arrested after the women escaped May 6.
The tuition, fees and living expenses at an Ohio public college that were initially made available to the women through the bill would be administered through a special fund at Cleveland State University under changes accepted Wednesday.
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